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The Seine At Noon

Susan Visvanathan

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Haunted by the death of his parents, immigrant jews from Kerala, during the First World War, Stefan lives out his day in Paris selling curios in his shop. A chance encountr brings him in contact with Jacques, a Frenchman, son of a rich mother but eking out a living on his boaton the seine, fashioning miniature boats out of wood, busking in the M...etr: in essence, unemployed. The friendship between the Frenchman and the immigrant is the real axis of the story, and the river is its witness. Both men know the intensity of love and longing for a woman, whether their women are constantly by their side or not. Stefan's passion for his wife Esther is all-consuming and eternal but though she reciprocates in her fashion, he cannot prevent her escaping from him when she chooses. Jacques' wife Tatiana has left him to paintt on the sidewalks of Montmatre, ever in search of a union with her muse, Dali. Jacques professes not to care, but she remains for him the one women he continues to seek. Jacques and Tatiana's daughter, Bianca, gentle and timid, loves each of her dysfunctional parents with equal intensity. She carves a space for herself in the narrative, keeping alive the innocence and vitality of youth. After Esther's death, Stefan, Jacques and Bianca go on a journey to Kerala, to the ancestral house that Esther has bequeathed to Bianca. There, Stefan meets a sudden and horrifying end - an event that sends Bianca eventually to another country, America, and Jacques back to Paris, the only city that he could ever call home, even in the absence of all whom he called family.

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  • Susan Visvanathan is Chairperson, Centre for the Study of Social Systems, School of Social Sciences at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. From 1983 till 1997 she was Lecturer in Sociology, Hindu College, University of Delhi.

    She was Fellow Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi, from 1989 to 1992; Honorary Fellow at Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla, from 1990 to 1995; Charles Wallace Fellow to Queen’s University, Belfast, in 1997; Visiting Professor to Maison des Sciences de L’ Hommes, Paris, in 2004, and is consultant editor, Contributions to Indian Society.

    She is the author of The Christians of Kerala, An Ethnography of Mysticism, Structure and Transformation andFriendship, Interiority and Mysticism. Her works of fiction include Something Barely Remembered, The Visiting Moon, Phosphorous and Stone and The Seine at Noon.

ISBN
9788186939369
Binding
Hardback
Page Extent
138
Weight (kg)
0.3
Height (in)
8
Width (in)
5
Subject
Fiction
Published Date
07/07/07
Publisher
Roli Books

Author

  • Susan Visvanathan is Chairperson, Centre for the Study of Social Systems, School of Social Sciences at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. From 1983 till 1997 she was Lecturer in Sociology, Hindu College, University of Delhi.

    She was Fellow Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi, from 1989 to 1992; Honorary Fellow at Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla, from 1990 to 1995; Charles Wallace Fellow to Queen’s University, Belfast, in 1997; Visiting Professor to Maison des Sciences de L’ Hommes, Paris, in 2004, and is consultant editor, Contributions to Indian Society.

    She is the author of The Christians of Kerala, An Ethnography of Mysticism, Structure and Transformation andFriendship, Interiority and Mysticism. Her works of fiction include Something Barely Remembered, The Visiting Moon, Phosphorous and Stone and The Seine at Noon.

ISBN
9788186939369
Binding
Hardback
Page Extent
138
Weight (kg)
0.3
Height (in)
8
Width (in)
5
Subject
Fiction
Published Date
07/07/07
Publisher
Roli Books
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Author

  • Susan Visvanathan is Chairperson, Centre for the Study of Social Systems, School of Social Sciences at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. From 1983 till 1997 she was Lecturer in Sociology, Hindu College, University of Delhi.

    She was Fellow Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi, from 1989 to 1992; Honorary Fellow at Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla, from 1990 to 1995; Charles Wallace Fellow to Queen’s University, Belfast, in 1997; Visiting Professor to Maison des Sciences de L’ Hommes, Paris, in 2004, and is consultant editor, Contributions to Indian Society.

    She is the author of The Christians of Kerala, An Ethnography of Mysticism, Structure and Transformation andFriendship, Interiority and Mysticism. Her works of fiction include Something Barely Remembered, The Visiting Moon, Phosphorous and Stone and The Seine at Noon.

ISBN
9788186939369
Binding
Hardback
Page Extent
138
Weight (kg)
0.3
Height (in)
8
Width (in)
5
Subject
Fiction
Published Date
07/07/07
Publisher
Roli Books

Author

  • Susan Visvanathan is Chairperson, Centre for the Study of Social Systems, School of Social Sciences at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. From 1983 till 1997 she was Lecturer in Sociology, Hindu College, University of Delhi.

    She was Fellow Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi, from 1989 to 1992; Honorary Fellow at Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla, from 1990 to 1995; Charles Wallace Fellow to Queen’s University, Belfast, in 1997; Visiting Professor to Maison des Sciences de L’ Hommes, Paris, in 2004, and is consultant editor, Contributions to Indian Society.

    She is the author of The Christians of Kerala, An Ethnography of Mysticism, Structure and Transformation andFriendship, Interiority and Mysticism. Her works of fiction include Something Barely Remembered, The Visiting Moon, Phosphorous and Stone and The Seine at Noon.

ISBN
9788186939369
Binding
Hardback
Page Extent
138
Weight (kg)
0.3
Height (in)
8
Width (in)
5
Subject
Fiction
Published Date
07/07/07
Publisher
Roli Books